Results of the Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) carried out in 2013 indicate that 24.0 per cent of children under 18 years of age were at-risk-of-poverty. Those mostly at risk lived in households with a very low Work Intensity, at 72.6 per cent. On the other hand, the at-risk-of-poverty rate of children in households with five or more persons was calculated at 28.5 per cent, and at 45.9 per cent for children living in single-parent households.
According to data obtained from households, 16.7 per cent of children were living in households that could not afford to eat a meal with meat, chicken, fish or a vegetarian equivalent every other day. Additionally, 26.4 per cent of children were living in households that could not afford unexpected financial expenses. Another material deprivation indicator is the ability to keep one’s home adequately warm in winter. Basing on perceptions that emerged from the survey, 22.9 per cent of children were living in households that faced difficulties in affording such items.
At-risk-of-poverty or social exclusion
In Malta nearly a third (32.0 per cent) of all children were considered to be at-risk-of-poverty or social exclusion.